Fabius delivers a speech during a news conference attended by Jarba, Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
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Syria's Western-backed opposition came under steely pressure Sunday to attend peace talks in just over a week, as envoys from 11 countries converged to try and restore the credibility of a rebel coalition sapped by infighting and indecision.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry joined 10 other foreign ministers to urge Ahmad Jarba to deliver his coalition to the Switzerland talks and finally meet face-to-face with the government it hopes to overthrow.Jarba put the best face on the group's precarious position, indicating that he had been reassured by the tone of Sunday's discussions.Within Syria, the moderate rebels say the coalition-in-exile is little help as they find themselves battling on two fronts – against Al-Qaeda linked militants on one side and Assad's forces on another.Assad himself has said there would be no discussion of giving up power, throwing the entire premise of the peace talks into doubt.
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